- Oct 6, 2016
I respectfully disagree. Tarantulas are most definitely better off in captivity, free from predation, parasites, harsh weather, and with a constant supply of healthy food and fresh water. Very few tarantulas survive until adulthood, which is why they give birth to hundreds of spiderlings. They are terribly lucky to be born in captivity.I'm gonna be controversial here - doesn't that describe our entire hobby? It doesn't do anything for the animals (except maybe preservation of some species) and is solely for our own interest and entertainment. The tarantulas are much better off in the wild and there seems to be some high horses around these boards. My B. auratum is super chill (for now) and seems to prefer to sit still on my arm (me on the floor) using her tarsal claws to pull herself as close to my skin as possible to gain body heat. If I gently nudge her she clamps down harder as to say "I aint' moving mate, get used to it" and can sit like that for a long time (maybe I should turn up the thermostat...).